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Old 11-15-2007, 05:06 PM   #1
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What are the real side effects of accutane?

Hi i'm new to this site i'm 23 and i was on Roaccutane (this is what they call it here in Australia) for two courses i think i started when i was about 15 they started me on 60mg twice daily after three months saw almost no change to my condition then my dermatologist upped my dosage to 100mg twice daily for the remainder of the course this seemed to do the trick but after finishing my course within 6 months they came back fighting so off we went to the specialist again and back on Roaccutane i went same dosage this time as last 100mg twice daily now for both courses i suffered all of the usual side effects dry skin everywhere nose bleeds for no reason at all dry eyes and at times was very edgy all you had to do was look at me the wrong way and i would lose my temper i know now that it was the Roaccutane anyway it's about 7 years since i stopped the treatment and i'd have to say yes it worked but it didn't eliminate them like some of the people on this forum i still suffer from them but not as bad i mainly get them on my face and my back but admittadly it's only a few so it's not as bad as before Roaccutane. i still suffer from dry eyes and dry nose (nose bleeds) and to add to this i just found out the reason why my partner and i havn't been able to conceive is my sperm counts are lower than normal and activity is lower than normal as well as healthy counts are lower than normal i just wonder is Roaccutane to blame for this if it can cause birth defects in women who's to say it doesn't cause fertility problems in men aswell? i've searched high and low on the net and googled till i couldn't google anymore and still no answers to why i am still having side effects and if my infertility is linked to it i wish they would list all of the side effects even if it's a 1 in 1,000,000 chance of happening if it's a side effect it should be listed has anyone else experienced this or am i the only one would love some input thanks.

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Old 11-23-2007, 09:40 PM   #2
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Re: What are the real side effects of accutane?

Well, here's my ACCUTANE story. In 1989, not long after Accutane came out, I was introduced to it after many failed attempts (antibioticsoxycycline,Minocycline, Tetracycline, etc) to rid of my severe acne. My neighbor, then 24 yo., told me that he had similar problem as me but Accutane worked miracles for him. Seeing his baby face without a blemish convinced me to ask my dermatologist about it. After a week of consultation and tests, I was put on Accutane. I started taking it as prescribed. My skin were dry and so was my nose (I think I had a nose bleed once or twice). My skin was extremely sensitive to sunlight. In the dark, my eyes became harder to adjust. I remember that I feel a little disoriented in the dark, moving clumsily. About this time, I saw my skin improved, but it was because one of the action of the drug basically cut off the oil glands. The only feeling I can describe was that I wasn't in my elements. I was a teenager then, and I was going through some emotional turmoils in the family. I don't know if it was a combination of wanting to see more results faster or that I was plain stupid, I started upping the dosage to 2x-3x the amount daily. I did it for about 3 weeks, and I think that it maximized the many side effects of Accutane. Now I'm 37 years old, I can tell you that I wish I have never taken Accutane. Going back now, the person that introduced me to Accutane, I remember distinctively some characteristic about him: He was a little clumsy and that his bone seems a little overgrown. Sure he had a baby-face, but I think that his face would've been similar if he hadn't taken Accutane. I can honestly tell you that Accutane has dull my senses (dexterity), I'd guess about 20-30%. For example, I use to have beautiful handwriting, now I have to struggle hard to write 1/2 as good as before. The the most distressing thing for me is now whatever improvements I had then, well, they are much worse now. The scars on my face have become worse. I'm afraid to try laser or dermabrasion because my skin has definetely changed and I'm not sure how it would recover. And I remember for the longest time (up to 7 years after taking it) I would feel like vomiting. I know this for a fact now: Accutane is NOT a drug to mess around with, even normal dosage will permanently change your body. I know for a fact my bone has grown perhaps 3-5% larger and I've become more clumsy, less sharp. That I have excess saliva and at times my head feels like it is constricted. I really wish I have never ever taken this drug. That's my experience.

 
Old 11-24-2007, 10:14 AM   #3
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Re: What are the real side effects of accutane?

to the last poster - you said you took 2-3 times the recommended amount of this very serious drug, so who is to blame for your alleged side effects? Accutane OR you for misusing it???

 
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